For a long time, the Skoda Fabia had no choice but to remain in the shadow of its cousins because it lacked the same investments as the other brands of the VW group. For example, the Polo, Audi A1 and Seat Ibiza have always delivered superior performance over the Czech, whose sole argument of the lower price did not always justify the delay. But for some time this double-decker geometry no longer exists and Skoda is now entitled to the same attentions as the others† After the Octavia in 2020, the little Fabia came to confirm this logic last year.
If prices are no longer as competitive as before, this fourth generation uses the same base as the Polo or the Seat and is on par with it, even tickling our “home” Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio city cars. Taller than many competitors (4.11m), the Fabia is welcoming, while comfort is paramount, thanks to both well-designed seats and thoughtful suspension† Add to that a good build quality and, in the high finishes, a few colors to brighten up the dashboard and you drive one of the most versatile city cars on the market.
A wide choice of engines…petrol
Now all you have to do is choose the right motor. That is not necessarily easy, because unlike its cousins, the Skoda offers a very wide choice. No diesel or hybrid here, but petrol in abundance: 60, 80, 95, 110 and 150 hp. To make the right choice, the two extremes of this list must be eliminated from the outset. Anemic, the 60 hp MPI is only suitable for those who do no more than get bread or a child from schoolprovided that these two activities take place in the same neighborhood as the habitat… Conversely, the TSI 150, which is necessarily equipped with an automatic gearbox, is very efficient and, thanks to its 4-cylinder architecture, it is easy to use, but you have to choose for the Style finish to take advantage of this, with a minimum price of € 25,450 and a CO2 fine of at least € 190. If your budget allows, there is no contraindication, but know that at this price, the Fabia will compete directly with a Renault Clio TCe 140 in high-end “techno” finish (€24,150), or even in the E-Tech 145 hp hybrid variant (€24,850), which combines automatic transmission with a very low consumption†
Certainly, the “good” Fabia is in between the MPI 80, the TSI 95 and the TSI 110, whose prices remain reasonable and the performance is already sufficient. Three versions that we passed on to our measurement database to compare consumption and performance to help you make the right choice. In all three cases it concerns the same engine, namely the 3-cylinder turbo 1.0 from the VW group.
Update on the three engines
without turbo, the MPI 80 is not recommended for those who occasionally use the highways† With 17.7 seconds on the exercise from 80 to 120 km/h in 4th gear, this 80 hp Fabia requires a lot of anticipation before overtaking and, more generally, doesn’t like going out of town. And since you have to crank up this little engine, the consumption is not that low. Obviously this MPI 80 is only possible if your budget is really limited, because you can settle for the Active entry finish already well equipped (Bluetooth, 6.5-inch multimedia screen and air conditioning), for € 17,230.
Supercharged, the 3-cylinder makes it possible to see things differently. When it imposes the five-speed manual transmission and switches to the Ambition trim, the TSI 95 still offers much more convincing performance.† Starting with acceptable times, with 10.9s to go from 80 to 120km/h in 4th or 16.6s in 5th, which doesn’t necessarily require downshifting, depending on the nature of your overtaking. Above all, the much higher torque of the TSI (175 Nm at 1,600 rpm instead of 93 Nm at 3,600 rpm) provides much more fun, without increasing consumption. Minimum price for this variant: € 20,900 without CO2 fine. This is the one we recommend as it is less greedy, adequate in performance and gives access to mid-range and high-end finishes.
Finally, the TSI 110 remains, the main advantage of which is that it offers only the automatic transmission. Also accessible from the Ambition trim, this engine requires a minimum of €21,740 and cannot escape the fine (minimum €125). At this price, times are slightly better, but the gap with the TSI 95 is unlikely to widen. Especially since the DSG gearbox generates a significant overconsumption in the city, where it is most useful and most noticeable thanks to the real fluidity in the transmission of reports†
The measured and compared performance of the different Skoda Fabia
|Practice||MPI 80||TSI 95||TSI 110 DSG|
|Practice0 to 60 km/h||MPI 806.7s||TSI 955.4s||TSI 110 DSG5.1s|
|Practice0 to 100 km/h||MPI 8015.2s||TSI 9511.6s||TSI 110 DSG10.4s|
|Practice80 to 120 km/h in 4th gear||MPI 8017.7s||TSI 9510.9s||TSI 110 DSG7.2s (disk)|
|Practice80 to 120 km/h in 5th gear||MPI 8025.1s||TSI 9516.6s||TSI 110 DSG7.2s (disk)|
|Practice1000 m DA||MPI 8036.7s||TSI 9533.4s||TSI 110 DSG32.4s|
The measured and compared consumption of the different Skoda Fabia
|Bicycle||MPI 80||TSI 95||TSI 110 DSG|
|BicycleCity consumption||MPI 806.2l/100km||TSI 956.5l/100km||TSI 110 DSG7.6L/100km|
|Bicycleroad usage||MPI 806.2l/100km||TSI 956.3 l/100 km||TSI 110 DSG6.7 l/100 km|
|BicycleHighway consumption||MPI 806.5l/100km||TSI 956.4L/100km||TSI 110 DSG6.8l/100km|
|BicycleAverage consumption||MPI 806.3 l/100 km||TSI 956.4L/100km||TSI 110 DSG7.1l/100km|